Agroeca proxima


Body length male: 3.8 to 5 mm. Body length female: 5.2 to 7.5 mm. Opisthosoma brown-grey to light yellow-brown with distinct chevrons. 

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This nocturnal hunter is ground living with a preference for fairly dry habitats amongst leaf litter, grasses, heather and other low vegetation. It is one of the commonest species on heathland.

When to see it

Adults of both sexes are found mainly in late summer and autumn, occasionally into late winter and spring with females persisting into the summer.

Life History

The species produces distinctive egg sacs, which are probably noted more often than the adults. The egg sacs are shaped like an upside down wine glass, and are hung from any vegetation, including the trunks and lower branches of trees. They are often covered with debris by the female, which helps to camouflage them.

UK Status

The species is widely distributed throughout Britain and fairly common.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

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Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
03/06/1992 (Jon Daws)
Last record:
24/08/2021 (Cann, Alan)

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